Suffolk show will have a royal visitor

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Prince Harry is to attend the Suffolk County Show in Ipswich this week.

The prince is due to visit the Farm Discovery Zone, meet the Suffolk Young Farmers group and watch a Royal British Legion parade on Thursday.

The show is on Wednesday and Thursday and expects to attract around 80,000 people, eager to celebrate the county’s country life.

Show director Bill Baker said he was “thrilled and honoured” to hear the news and added it was wonderful for the show and the county as a whole.

“The presence of a member of the Royal family is a wonderful boost for all those who support the show - exhibitors, tradestand holders, sponsors - and of course our own team of staff and volunteer stewards. The Prince enjoys a strong public following and his visit is especially appreciated in a year when we are working to appeal to more young people at the show and presenting the kinds of careers available to them in the food and farming related industries.

“I am very much looking forward to welcoming him and showing him around the fantastic features of this year’s show.”

Harry’s mother, the late Princess of Wales visited the show in 1986, when Harry was about 20 months old.

There is a packed programme of activities planned across both days of the show

‘Your life in Suffolk’ is the theme of Suffolk County Council’s stand this year. It will be next to the Suffolk Fire and Rescue and Greenest County plots on Flower Show Avenue.

And for the first time, a private area with comfortable seating will be available for breastfeeding mothers, along with support from a breastfeeding advisor.

Councillor Mark Bee, Suffolk County Council’s leader, said: “I think people would be surprised at the diverse range of services the county council provides to support people throughout their lives in Suffolk.

“Whether it’s providing children’s centres, keeping people safe on our roads or making it possible for them to stay in their homes for longer, local council services make a difference throughout life.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming people onto our stand to find out more about what we do and how we’re there to serve Suffolk residents.”

Suffolk Fire and Rescue will be unveiling one of its six new, more streamlined, fire engines and its new ‘fire bike’ - a Honda Fireblade which will be used to teach people about motorcycle safety on Suffolk’s roads.

The Creating the Greenest County stand will, this year, be in a giant tipi. Visitors will able to get information on the latest energy saving deals available to Suffolk residents (including solid wall insulation), tips on reducing food waste which accounts for 30% of all rubbish thrown away in the county and advice on turning that food waste into compost at home. The average family could save as much as £700 a year by cutting food waste.